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County Issues Season’s Second Code Blue Declaration, Starting Saturday

January 17, 2019

Contact: Larry R. King, 215-348-6413, lrking@buckscounty.org


For the second time this month, Bucks County today issued a Code Blue declaration in anticipation of plummeting temperatures and significant snow and rain this weekend.

The declaration, made by the Bucks County Board of Commissioners in conjunction with the county Departments of Health and Emergency Management, is effective at 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19, and will extend until 7 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 23.

For the duration of the Code Blue period, overnight shelters will be open in Lower, Central and Upper Bucks County for those in need of cold-weather housing.

The National Weather Service is predicting a stretch of cold weather during that period in which nighttime temperatures could reach single digits, wind chills will be dangerously cold, and prolonged snow and/or rain is expected Saturday into Sunday.  

The available shelters for this time period are:

  • Lower Bucks: Woodside Church, 1667 Edgewood Road, Morrisville
  • Central Bucks: Trinity Episcopal Church, 2631 Durham Road (Route 413), Buckingham
  • Upper Bucks: Quakertown Masonic Lodge, 501 West Broad Street, Quakertown

    Emergency Management has notified the above shelters of the Code Blue declaration. On-call volunteers from each location will coordinate transportation, temporary shelter, food and other necessities. Local public safety departments also have been alerted.

    All county residents are urged to monitor their pets and any neighbors who are elderly or have special needs during times of extreme weather.

    For more information on the shelters, please visit:

  • Advocates for Homeless and Those in Need: www.ahtn.org
  • Coalition to Shelter and Support the Homeless: www.co2ssh.org
  • Upper Bucks Code Blue Info: www.facebook.com/Upper-Bucks-Code-Blue-311731318930218/

For additional shelter information, please call Bucks County Housing Link at 1-800-810-4434.

For general cold weather information, please check the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website: www.emergency.cdc.gov/disasters/winter